Andrew Ingkavet is an educator, author and entrepreneur.
His belief that learning a musical instrument builds skills vital to success in life has led to a thriving music school in Brooklyn, NY. Internationally, Andrew helps music teachers with the Musicolor Method, an online curriculum/training as well as a 5 star-rated book,The Game of Practice: with 53 Tips to Make Practice Fun. He is also founder of 300 Monks, a music licensing company.
This week my wife and I went to the NY EDTech 2017 conference held at my alma mater NYU. Below are some of my notes from the opening morning show.
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, EDTech has been a booming billion dollar industry for about a decade now. I’m happy to say that New York University, and New York City in general, have been at the forefront of this innovation.
But there are problems.
Most of the companies in EDTech focus on the use of technology to replace the human element in teaching with computers and apps interfacing with students. While this can create a personalized learning experience and provide valuable, measurable data,
We parents care deeply about giving our children the best chances possible. But we share similar fears: What if they get in with the wrong crowd? What if they are not as resilient as we wish? What if they lose their confidence and their way?
As long as our kids are self empowered, find their purpose, voice and happiness, we have done our jobs as parents.
In the future, when artificial intelligence and robots eliminate many current jobs, what skills are ones machines cannot replace?
I believe it’s creativity combined with curiosity and passion that make us undeniably human. It’s the unexpected spark of joy that comes when combining disparate unrelated ideas to make something new and familiar at the same time that helps solve a problem.
But, a study has found a correlation between the performance achievement of black children and whether or not they had a black teacher. The results seem to suggest that black children would fare better if taught by a teacher that looks more like them.
I love to travel and explore new places, but I’ve begun to notice something: each time I go away, I gain something. It’s not just the usual rest, relaxation, and renewal. That’s vitally important, but it’s beyond that. I gain some mental space, I can think clearer, see my best options, and make better decisions.
But it doesn’t have to be a big trip.
Coffee shops, libraries, and hotel lobbies are some of my favorite places to write, plan, and get work done. Why? I started wondering about this. Is it just the beautiful furniture?
Within three minutes of a first lesson, our beginning students learn a song. The song is really an exercise in disguise to get them using all ten fingers assigned to a five finger position. We also use fun words personalized to their tastes.
For some, this is Peanut Butter Sandwich, and some apple juice.
Other kids have chosen other 5 or 6 syllable phrases like:
“I like bacon ice cream, and some water too.”
“Strawberry ice cream, and some sprinkles please.”
“Pepperoni pizza and some lemonade.”
“Tuna Fish Sandwich and a glass of milk.”
“Creme Brulee Ice Cream, and some sprinkles too” – I kid you not!
You will notice that we don’t worry too much about curvature of the fingers at first.
Surprising secrets emerge in conversation with jazz legend Gil Goldstein on music education, color and music, polyrhythms and more.
A few years ago, I met a man walking his two little dogs. We got to talking and he told me his name was Gil. He was a musician. Hey, me too!
Over time, I began to get a bit more information. Apparently, he was pretty well known in jazz circles! One day, I almost bumped into Bobby McFerrin as they walked together. Gil was producing Bobby’s latest project.
Later, I’m watching the Grammy Awards live on television and Best New Artist award goes to Esperanza Spalding. A jazz artist! The first ever to ever win this award!
A designer’s goal is to make experiences simple, intuitive and accessible. It’s all about creating an effective user experience. In many first lessons, teachers start with a symbolic language of staff, treble clef, whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, etc. The sheer amount of information is so great that most cannot make this leap.
This is from a teacher’s point of view, not a student-centered view.
Student Experience Design
Today, I want to share some simple ways to apply design thinking in your studio and classroom.
I propose we call it “student experience” (SX) design and “student interface”(SI) design.